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# BigInteger.Min Method

Visual Studio 2010

Returns the smaller of two BigInteger values.

Namespace:  System.Numerics
Assembly:  System.Numerics (in System.Numerics.dll)

## Syntax

```public static BigInteger Min(
BigInteger left,
BigInteger right
)
```

#### Parameters

left
Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger
The first value to compare.
right
Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger
The second value to compare.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger
The left or right parameter, whichever is smaller.

## Remarks

This method corresponds to the Math.Min method for primitive numeric types.

## Examples

The following example uses the Min method to select the smallest number in an array of BigInteger values.

```
using System;
using System.Numerics;

public class Example
{
public static void Main()
{
BigInteger[] numbers = { Int64.MaxValue * BigInteger.MinusOne,
BigInteger.MinusOne,
10359321239000,
BigInteger.Pow(103988, 2),
BigInteger.Multiply(Int32.MaxValue, Int16.MaxValue),
BigInteger.Pow(Int32.MaxValue, 2)),
BigInteger.Zero };
if (numbers.Length < 2)
{
Console.WriteLine("Cannot determine which is the smaller of {0} numbers.",
numbers.Length);
return;
}

BigInteger smallest = numbers[numbers.GetLowerBound(0)];

for (int ctr = numbers.GetLowerBound(0) + 1; ctr <= numbers.GetUpperBound(0); ctr++)
smallest = BigInteger.Min(smallest, numbers[ctr]);

Console.WriteLine("The values:");
foreach (BigInteger number in numbers)
Console.WriteLine("{0,55:N0}", number);

Console.WriteLine("\nThe smallest number of the series is:");
Console.WriteLine("   {0:N0}", smallest);
}
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       The values:
//                                    -9,223,372,036,854,775,807
//                                                            -1
//                                            10,359,321,239,000
//                                                10,813,504,144
//                                            70,366,596,661,249
//            85,070,591,730,234,615,852,008,593,798,364,921,858
//                                                             0
//
//       The smallest number of the series is:
//          -9,223,372,036,854,775,807.

```

Supported in: 4

Supported in: 4

## Platforms

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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